Tinkers Bubble: Family of five give up creature comforts for off-grid Somerset community

Tony Gosling tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Thu Oct 3 23:43:49 BST 2019

Family of five give up comfortable home to live 
at hidden off-grid Somerset community - Tinkers Bubble


Life moves at a different pace here - Tinkers 
Bubble Somerset Eco Village - September 2019 BBC 
Inside Out West www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtUNdmywYms
Malloy - - Reporter  - - 29 SEP 2019 - please forward to networks
A family of five who left their comfortable home 
to live off-grid in a woodland community say they have never been happier.

Tired of the “rat race” of running two businesses 
the Tizard family upped sticks and moved from 
Devon to Tinkers Bubble, a near self sufficient 
community in south Somerset that eschews fossil fuels.

Among 40 acres of woodland near Norton-sub 
Hamdon, Yeovil, the 14 residents till the land 
using horses and a Victorian plough, saw timber 
using a 1930s steam engine and sell homemade apple juice to local shops.

They grow most of their own food with the 
occasional help of volunteers, who come to experience communal living.
Kirsty Tizard at Tinkers Bubble

Kirsty Tizard at Tinkers Bubble

Life moves at a different pace here: anyone in 
need of a wash can light the wood-burning stove 
“and a couple of hours later you can have a hot 
bath”, says Pedro Brace, who joined the community 
10 years ago after leaving his office job.

The Tizard family and Tinkers Bubble feature in a 
BBC Inside Out West documentary airing this Monday.

Tinkers Bubble has been going for 25 years but 
the Tizards only joined last December.

“We both ran our own businesses for quite a few 
years, we had five children and a very hectic 
life,” mum Kirsty told the BBC. “I had what you 
might call a midlife crisis – I had a feeling of 
'is this all there is to living?' It just seemed 
a rat race of trying to earn enough to pay the rent.”
The Tizard family at Tinkers Bubble

The Tizard family at Tinkers Bubble

Husband Nick added: "Over a long period of time I 
started feeling fairly guilty about consumption 
of things, of stuff that we buy constantly that 
we don't necessarily need. Christmases get fairly 
raucous, we used to buy them lots of presents and 
I just started to become aware of the wastage 
that we get from everything that we buy."

To make the move the family had to give up many 
of life's creature comforts, including indoor 
toilets and labour saving devices like washing machines.

Kirsty and Nick‘s children have taken to the 
change, mucking in with the tasks and joining the local school.

Although not all of them are sold on the idea.

“We’ve got one daughter who’s a bit of a townie. 
She’s said ‘mummy I can see that this is totally 
the way for you to live but I want a toilet with 
walls!'” Kirsty told the BBC while coaxing a fire to make tea.

Nick, however, only sees the positives. He 
dismisses the things they've had to give up as 
needless luxuries and says he felt guilty about 
his impact on the planet while living in Devon.

He added: “We’re not living our life much 
differently to the vast majority of people on 
this planet. The carbon footprint that we have 
here is pretty much the same as the global 
average per person. So we’re not really that extreme.”

BBC Inside Out airs on BBC One West on Monday at 
7.30pm. It will be available on iPlayer afterwards.

And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, 
he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and 
gave to them. 
<http://biblehub.com/luke/24-31.htm>31 And their 
eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he 
vanished out of their sight.  http://biblehub.com/kjv/luke/24.htm

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